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Monday
Jan202014

Visit Philadelphia to Celebrate Ben Franklin

I moved to Philadelphia almost 7 years ago.  I can't believe its been that long!  Craziness.  We moved for my husbands job - but the the most exciting part of our move to Philadelphia was the awesome history in our city. 

I had actually never even been to visit Philly prior to my husband and I moving here.  I remember googling Philly.  Too funny, right?  My mother-in-law was the first to come visit us and the first place she wanted to go to was Independence Mall downtown.  

And just like any good daughter-in-law I took her! ha.  We hit up The Liberty Bell first.  And yes.  I was devastated after seeing there was a CRACK in it!  Ok, just kidding. We all know there has been a crack in that bell forever.  But it was fun to pretend though!  

The history in Philadelphia is probably the biggest seller on getting people to come visit.  There is so much to see and enjoy in our fab town.  Another one of our fabulous faves is The Ben Franklin Museum. The man was nothing less than brilliant.  His entrepreneur spirit is exciting to really think about.  When you explore the newly renovated Ben Franklin Museum you really can see the wonderful contributions he made to our country.  The museum is a great family activity.  They have 'Skugg the Squirrel' leading the way throughout the museum giving family a fun tour with a squirrelly twist! The museum is organized by 5 of Franklin's fabulous traits.  From his ambition to his motivation and drive of curiousity the exhibits modernize the history of one of Philly's most notable citizens. If you ever made it to the old museum before the big renovation you will really notice how this new museum digs deeper into his life, his view of family and even into his relationship with his own son.  It exhibits in the museum are interactive and also dig deep into the political views Franklin had about slavery.

Ben Franklin is Philadelphia’s favorite founding father.  To evoke Ben’s wit, wisdom and joy year-round, visit his longtime home of Philadelphia. Learn more at visitphilly.com/Ben

There are so many fabulous things to do while you're here!  Please be sure to tweet me @JoeyFortman if you come for a visit!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Visit Philadelphia. The opinions and text are all mine.

Wednesday
Jan152014

TudorCON14

The biggest sporting event of the year, Superbowl XLVIII is right around the corner! Tudor Games, the makers of the classic Electric Football game will be hosting TudorCON14. TudorCON14 is the world's largest open invitational Electric Football World Championship Tournament and Convention.  Enthusiasts from around the world will come together to play and compete on America's favorite football game. 

The evolution of classic Electric Football has come a long way and Tudor Games will unveil an all new and improved toy to re-engage today’s youth at TudorCON14. As you may know, The “Unforgettable Buzz” is the first and only book written on the game of Electric Football, NFL’s “toy story”. It chronicles how the growing popularity of a toy and a sport intertwines through the Baby Boomer years, culminating with Tudor Electric Football being the NFL’s top earning item for almost a decade.

TudorCON14 will be taking place January 24-26, 2014 at the Embassy Suites Philadelphia Airport Hotel. Find out more event details at http://www.tudorgames.com/event/TudorCON-14/

 

Sunday
Jan122014

My Dear Hudson

My Dear Hudson

 

Why yes.  I am a blogger still. 

I know I've kind of fallen off the face of the Earth when it comes to telling my real life mom story.  Heck...what's heartbreaking is that my BABY is almost 11 months old.  Which is a month from a ONE YEAR OLD.  I can't believe it.  The time went so fast. 

I swear it feels like I just had him yesterday.  

It's such a breathe of fresh air this time around.  I mean, if you know me you know I had no idea what kind of changes were in store. 

I couldn't take all the things that were happening in my life plus being unemployed and alone at the same time.  All the outside variables are really what took away from my oldests childhood.  

Bless his heart.  Boston, my now 5 1/2 year old is one of the sweetest, kindest, lovingest kids I've ever met in my entire life.  He's amazing.  

And the thought that I have a #2 that is almost a year old?  Slow down time...

So.. instead of sharing the negative part of my experience and story of motherhood... I want to share the amazing & good side.  

You see... I can close my eyes and just imagine.  Imagine being in the hospital after having Hudson.  I close my eyes and I can see the past year as if it all happened this morning.  

And I have to tell you... There is one thing about this past year that I love the most. 

I embraced every second of this baby.  EVERY SINGLE SECOND.  

I didn't take anything for granted.  I knew that this time of his little life was going to go by so fast.  This little life was growing as fast as I could blink an eye.  This little life would soon be the 5 year old big kid with an answer to everything.

I look at him and everyday I always say the same thing.

"Hudson...I hope you have a good life, little man."

Cause I do.  I truly want nothing more than for him to own the world.  To do well in school.  To be liked by his peers, to have goals and aspirations.  To love and be loved.  To treat women with respect & to cherish and honor his relationships with important people in his life.

I guess I can honestly tell you that I don't think he thinks about that at all.  Ahem.  I think he just wants his diaper changed and food in his mouth and he's a happy baby. 

Speaking of happy.... this little dude never cries.  Not even once.  Ever.  Well, only when he sees his bottle somewhere and he starts freaking for milk.  Otherwise... it's all smiles.  

There is just something really powerful about this kid.  Either those blue eyes... or his gorgeous blonde hair... or his heart.  Yep.  I can already assure you his heart is going to be just like his big brothers.

Have you ever seen more beautiful eyes?  

Me either.  They are the gateway to his soul. 

To my Dear Hudson,

You do so many wonderful things in your short little life.  You love to have me sing You Are My Sunshine and play Three Little Piggies.  Peek a boo & Baby Einstein are your favorite.  Your little feet are so ticklish.  You love your dog, Rocky and he loves you finally! (Yeah...it was a little rough in the beginning.  But now he gets it!)  Hudson, when your big brother walks into the room you think he hung the world.  You adore Boston.  

There are so many things about you little guy that just melts my heart.  One of my favorites is the way you grab your covers when you're tired.  You rub them on your cheek and you start to fade away.  And then eventually you really do fall asleep.  Everytime I rock you to sleep in the rocker you cling to me for security.  I love it so much.  Words can't even describe how warm my heart is.  

God has given me such a blessing and full of so much grace and gratitude.  Thank you little love for choosing me to be your mama.  

xoxo - Love you.

Wednesday
Dec182013

Slam Dunk Your Sandwich with Campbells

Slam Dunk Your

Sandwich with Campbells

 

I remember as a kid on cold, snowy days my mom use to totally have a plan.  

 Campbell’s Condensed Tomato Soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.  If I close my eyes. I see it vividly in my memory. Walking home in a snow drift on a WAY TOO LONG ahem windy road after the bus dropped us off after school. If I remember correctly there is a vintage commercial with a kid walking home in the snow and into their moms kitchen for soup and sandwiches, right? 

Ok. Back to my magical memory.

When I close my eyes, I can remember the cold air. I remember my mean sister throwing snowballs at me the entire walk home. And by the time I finally reached our house I could barely feel my lips. My mom would already be home from work for the day & I can still smell the hot soup and freshly sizzled grilled cheese. She use to put so much cheese on that sandwich that it was beyond gooey when we’d cut it in the angle to dip in our soup.

Campbell Soup Company has a very wise kid. Have you met the Wisest Kid in the Whole World yet? He is one wise kid. In fact, he’s so wise - he’s said that ‘there are more ways to dunk than you thunk!’

And yes, oh wise one. There are so many more ways to dunk than you thunk.

Can I share the ways? Goldfish crackers. DUNK. Bagel bites. DUNK. Croutons. DUNK. Pretzels. DUNK. Grilled Cheese sandwiches of course. DUNK. Hot ham and cheese? SLAM DUNK.  Two things have come out of this entire stream of consciousness. One is...I really miss my childhood. Even my mean - snowball throwing sister. Two....I know what’s for dinner.

Maybe I’ll wear my hair in pig tails or a french braid during dinner and allow myself and kids to slurp the soup and string the cheese sandwiches.

What do you like to dunk in your soup?

Or...be brave and as The Wisest Kid in the Whole World!  He knows a LOT.

 

 

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DISCLOSURE:  This is a sponsored post as I am an ambassador for Campbell's Soup Company.  But yes. I DO love them and the memories their soups gave me as a kid!  Dunk Em Peeps.

Tuesday
Dec172013

#WMCNTV Unique Gift Ideas #RealMomGiftGuide

#WMCNTV Unique Gift Ideas

 

Oh so many times in my life I get to be creative and share my love and passion for why I talk to you ALL every chance I get.  So, yesterday - I got the opportunity to work with WMCN Philadelphia with some of my fellow bloggers in our region.

First let me give you some info on WMCN and I'll lead by telling you that the people that work at that tv stations are some of the NICEST people I've ever met in this business!  It's a gorgeous, top notch facility in Cherry Hill, New Jersey that deserves serious accolades and promotion all the way around!  You can find WMCN on your cable dials - Comcast is 21 & on Verizon it's 19.  There are many great shows on the network from Bridezillas to a local staple 'The Dawn Show' that airs at 10:30 Monday-Friday on WMCN.

Myself and many other bloggers in our blogging community was invited to be on the show and share some of our hot holiday tips.  I started out the show introducing to Dawn Stendsland-Mendte what blogging is and how it really has been a blessing in my life as a mother. (Dawn, by the way is a tv pro in this market.  She is one of the sweetest people I've ever met as well!  GREAT people inside a GREAT place.  LOVE those opportunities!)

Anyway, I myself shared some of the most unique gift ideas I've come across this holiday season.

Here is some background on the products if you're interested:

Born of Sound - www.BornOfSound.com An amazing artist in San Francisco makes the audible, visible!  This gorgeous canvas is of my toy boys as babies, laughing.  I sent her the mp3 of them each and she blended them together.  Cool huh?

UNCOMMON GOODS -The Mother Daughter Letter Book  This is a great product to connect with your mom and all moms near and far!

DAILY STEALS - Deal a Day site that has fabulous last minute, fast gift ideas from home to electronics!  I think it's a homerun for any male!  

OCTOPUS - SHOWER SQUID - Bathroom organizing to it's finest!

JOOVY TOY CABOOSE - This is a little girls DREAM stroller!  The price is awesome and it holds up to 3 dolls.  I LOVE this company (as you know from my new baby gift guide in the past.)

TINY PRINTS IPAD COVER - Yes.  I am seriously in love with Tiny Prints.  I was even BEFORE ordering this fabulous gift that is going to my mom.  But it's adorable and so personalized.  It's about $65 on the website but I found a 30% off code (that has sense expired otherwise I'd give it to you now lol). So I got it at a great price. I can not wait for my mom to see it!  

Now - check out the video!